1817-1882; b. Co. Roscommon; emig. USA, working as teacher among native
Indians before settling in St. Paul, Minnesota; novels printed at St. Paul, Minnesota, incl. The Dalys
of Dalystown (1866), the tale of Henry Daly and his relations with
the Anglo-Irish Browns, the set predominantly in Ireland with
an American interlude and vindicating Catholic respectability; Frank Blake (1876) descriptive of Irish-American communities; also Widow Melvilles
Boarding House, a short novel, first ser. in The Irish Monthly (Vol.
9 1881) and afterward printed in book-form at St. Paul (1881); Dead Broke (Irish Monthly, Vol. 10, 1882),
shows the Church militant in opposition to the mystifying evolutions
of modern philosophy [Brown]. IF DIW
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The Dalys of Dalystown (St. Paul, MN: The Pioneer Printing Co. 1866), 518pp. ; Dead Broke: A Western Tale (Saint Paul, MN: Pioneer Printing Co. 1873), 193pp.; Frank Blake (St. Paul, MN: Pioneer Printing Co. 1876), 270pp.; Widow Melville's Boarding House (St. Paul, MN: The Pioneer Press Print 1881), -64pp. [For microfilm & digital edns., see infra.]
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Microfilm & Digitised editions: The Dalys of Dalystown (1886), Dead Broke (1873) and Frank Blake (1876) variously available on microfilm [Wright American fiction, 1851-1875], and in digitised form at Indiana University Digital Library Program for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation [c.2001] [online].
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Thomas Dillon O'Brien, Dillon O'Brien: A Minnesota Pioneer (St Paul: Minnesota Historical Society 1933) [photocopy held in BL].
James H. Murphy, Catholic Fiction and Social Reality in Ireland, 1873-1922 (Conn: Greenwood Press 1997) [Part I: Upper Middle-Class Fiction
1873-1890], p.19-20: writes of Dalys of Dalystown (1866),
a tale of Henry Daly and his feud with the Anglo-Irish Browns, amicably
settled after a duel in which Brown loses his hand; contains a Fenian
subplot in which Bryan Larkin is set to kill the middleman ORoarke
by Ribbonman Maloney, though actually at the behest of the scheming govt.;
quotes: It would seem impossible to prove any connection between
the Lord Lieutenant in Dublin Castle and such a ruffian as Maloney in
this country; but connections between villains of his stamp and the police
have been frequently proved and exposed and the Castle of Dublin and police
barracks of Ireland sand in very close relationship to each other.
(Dalys [...], &c., St. Paul, MN: Pioneer Printing 1866, p.268; here pp.19-20.). Also quotes
the char. Brown on the Ribbonmen: cowardly assassins whose religion teaches
them that murder is justifiable and whose priests are ever ready to absolve
them of their crime. (ibid., p.91; here p.42).
Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction: A Guide to Irish Novels, Tales, Romances and Folklore [Pt. I] (Dublin: Maunsel 1919),
lists The Dalys of Dalystown (St. Paul: Pioneer Printing 1866) [old Catholic
family saved by son who goes to USA]; also, Frank Blake (1876)
[a friend is saved from false accusation of murder of Hon. Robert Eyre
in Galway; full of Bodkins, Lynches, Joyces, and other Galway families]. Widow Melvilles Boarding House, short novel, ser. in The Irish Monthly (Vol. 9 1881).
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Errata: Title, Widow Lemvilles [sic?] Boarding House, a short novel serialised in The Irish Monthly (Vol. 9, 1881) is cited in ?Stephen Brown, as supra.
Dead Broke (St. Paul 1873) was subsequently printed in serial form in the Irish Monthly [se Brown, supra.]: